Off the beaten path is the secret to finding the coolest things to do in the Napa Valley. Get away from the crowds at the biggest, most commercial wineries, and you'll find nothing but cool: cool restaurants with artisan regional cuisine, quirky art galleries and sculpture gardens, hip boutique hotels with state-of-the-art spas and bars, and a series of small towns each with its own unique character. There are so many interesting things to do in Napa you could stay a month and not do them all, but make sure you taste at several small, family-run wineries, sample the cuisine at a couple of the world-famous restaurants in Yountville, and peruse the cute shops in downtown St. Helena. And if you get as far north as Calistoga, make sure you visit one of that towns famous hot springs spas. Nothing's better than a hot soak after a day of sampling world-famous wine.
1248 First Street
Part gallery, tasting room, and family salon...
5091 Solano Avenue
Napa Valley ballooning, local pilots, garden Champagne brunch... read more
1345 Henry Rd
Panoramic views, wine museum, and handcrafted wines... read more
1429 Tubbs Lane
3234 Old Sonoma Road
24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA
3468 Highway 128
190 Camino Oruga
Hand-crafted small-lot red wines, intimate tastings... read more
169 Kreuzer Lane
Appointment-only tasting in Italian-style cave...
7781 Silverado Trail
Bordeaux varietals in volcanic soil... read more
5998 Silverado Trail
Taste an alternative from Stag's Leap... read more
851 Napa Valley Corporate Way
1200 Orchard Ave.
Private romance tour for couples... read more